Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Potential Spinal Cord Treatments Give Paralyzed Victims Hope

Spinal cord injuries1 can often result in temporary or permanent paralysis. The paralysis occurs below the location of the trauma and injury and many victims end up either paralyzed from the waist down or paralyzed from the neck down. Individuals with permanent paralysis often have a slim to none chance of ever walking again and have historically resigned themselves to wheelchairs or beds, which obviously can significantly impair many aspects of their life. Treatment options for complete spinal injuries and paralysis have been limited in the past, however medical researchers are constantly working to develop new treatments to hopefully provide greater odds for paralyzed victims to walk in the future.

New treatment may be on the horizon
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently reported2 new developments in paralysis treatment that has thus far shown signs of success. The treatment is referred to as transcutaneous stimulation and involves sending an electrical current into the nerves of the spinal cord. This is not the first type of electrical stimulation used to try to reactivate the nervous system, however it does differ from past treatment efforts. In previous years, electrodes were surgically implanted directly onto the spinal cord while the electrodes in this new treatment therapy are simply placed on top of the skin.

Thus far, the new non-invasive therapy has allowed five different men who were completely paralyzed to voluntarily move their legs back and forth. They were laying down and were not bearing any weight or gravity on their legs at the time, however, researchers believe that with more research they can continue to develop this type of treatment to eventually help paralyzed individuals walk again. With continued stimulation treatments and physical therapy, the five patients were able to substantially increase the range of motion in their legs over the course of a few weeks.

Last year, similar movements were reported in four different patients who underwent the invasive type of electrode therapy. However, many spinal cord injury victims are not capable of withstanding additional surgical procedures. Researchers further believe that the non-invasive therapy can be extremely helpful for patients with partial paralysis and can help them determine which patients will respond to stimulation prior to implanting a device on their spine.

Common causes of spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways and often when a victim least expects it. For example, a 25-year-old woman made the news in recent years after she suffered an accidental C6 spinal cord injury at her bachelorette party. Set to get married in only a month, the woman went out on the town with her friends and they decided to go swimming afterward. Her best friend jokingly pushed her into the pool, as she claims they had done to each other many times in the past. This time, however, the bride-to-be hit her head on the bottom of the pool and broke her neck, resulting in immediate and permanent paralysis from the waist down, as well as in her hands. Such a story goes to show that spinal injuries can happen at any time to anyone.

In many instances, spinal cord injuries are the result of another party's negligence. The following are some examples of accidents caused by negligence that may result in a spinal cord injury and paralysis:

  • Falls from heights or down stairs
  • Slips, trips, and falls3
  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Assaults
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Construction accidents

Anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury—whether you are paralyzed or not—should discuss their situation with an experienced spinal cord attorney as soon as possible to find out if they can recover financially for their losses.

Find out how a qualified St. Petersburg spinal injury lawyer can help you
Though spinal cord injury treatments may be evolving, victims still suffer severe losses including medical expenses, disabilities, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost income, among others. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg strive to help spinal injury victims receive full compensation from the parties responsible for their injuries. If you have been injured, call our office today at 727-222-6922 for a free consultation.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What Steps Should I Take After Being Involved in a Trip and Fall Accident?

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common cause of accident injury in the United States. They can happen almost anywhere, including at home, at school, at work, while shopping, or while walking outside. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a national non-profit safety advocacy organization, slip and fall accidents account for some 8.9 million injuries1 requiring emergency treatment each year. When these injuries are serious, victims can often recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Filing a legal claim can be a complicated and time-consuming process, so it is advisable for people who have been injured in an accident to discuss their options with an experienced attorney. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney, call our office today at 727-222-6922.

People who are injured in slip and fall accidents are often hurt, confused, and uncertain as to what to do next. Victims should be aware of the fact that the things that they say and do immediately following a trip and fall accident can have a significant impact on whether or not they will be able to recover compensation. Some of the steps that anyone involved in a slip and fall accident case should take are detailed below. For specific advice regarding your situation, contact an attorney.

Seek medical attention – Trip and fall accidents are capable of causing serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. In some cases, the injuries that people sustain after a fall may not develop symptoms for hours or even days after an accident occurs. In addition, some injuries that initially may seem minor may linger for weeks or even months and have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. As a result, anyone involved in a trip and fall accident should undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

Record information about the accident ­– One of the most important things that trip and fall victims can do ensure that their rights are protected is to document as much information about the way in which the accident occurred and their injuries as possible. In some cases, documentation may be generated for you, as is the case with medical records or internal incident reports generated by businesses. In others, it may be up to people who fall to record certain information. For example, people who have fallen should take a picture of the scene of your slip and fall accident as soon as possible after it occurred in order to document the existence of any hazardous condition that may have caused your accident. Additionally, trip and fall victims should obtain contact information from anyone who happened to witness their accident as well.

Report the incident to the property owner or management – If the slip and fall accident took place in a private home, inform the homeowner that the accident took place. If it took place in a public building or outdoor property, report it to the party responsible for managing the property.

Retain legal counsel – People who have been hurt in slip and fall accidents should retain legal counsel immediately. Your lawyer will represent you in any contact that you have with the party responsible for your accident or his or her insurance company and will ensure that you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Slip and fall accident victims should keep in mind that their ability to file claim is subject to Florida’s statute of limitations2 on personal injury actions, so any delay in talking to a lawyer could jeopardize your ability to recover.

Contact a St. Petersburg trip and fall accident attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation

Slip and fall accidents often leave victims with extremely serious injuries and long-term medical complications. These, in turn, often result in significant economic and non-economic losses, including medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Since 2009, the lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been helping people injured in slip and falls and other preventable accidents recover for their losses. Anyone who has been hurt in an accident should call our office today at 727-222-6922 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. 

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922